Continuing Education

National CASA requires that all volunteers receive a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training using the  National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum or its equivalent, as well as 12 hours of in-service training per year. In order to maintain eligibility to volunteer on a case at Advocates for Children CASA, CASA volunteers must complete a minimum of 12 hours of on-going training by June 30, 2018.  The purpose of this is to ensure that volunteers stay educated and informed on issues within the juvenile dependency system, or specific areas of interest that relate to your individual case. This can be completed by a variety of ways including attending In-Service trainings, reading relevant books and articles, watching movies and documentaries,  or listening to podcasts relating to foster care issues, etc.

Please look over the lists below for eligible books, movies, and podcasts that will require your 12 hours of continuing education credits.  Please follow the guidelines that need to be completed in order for your continuing education credits to be achieved.

Any in service training options for continuing education will be mentioned in the newsletter and on this page as they are scheduled.
  • Please upload a one page typed answer to Optima by June 30, 2018. Here’s how!
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 6:30 – 8:30pm: Depression in Teens presented by Dr. Scott Cypers hosted by the CU Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. Colorado Academy Froelicher Theatre: 3800 S. Pierce St. Denver, CO 80235. Contact DepressionCenterPrograms@ucdenver.edu for more information or to RSVP.
  • Multiple Dates: The Adoption Exchange TBRI Caregiver Trainings. Learn more and register at www.adoptex.org/TBRI
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:00 – 8:00pm: Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking by Kara Napolitano.  Kara will speak on Human Trafficking 101, and how to support anti-trafficking efforts by raising public awareness.  Kara spoke at CASA Day at the Capitol in February 2018, and we’re very excited for her to join us again in April!  Please RSVP to Rachel_Leins@adv4children.org if you would like to attend.

 

Book Summary Guidelines:  Each 100 pages you read equals one hour of continuing education credit.

Please upload a one page typed answer to Optima by June 30, 2018. Here’s how!

Click here for the list of eligible books. There are hundreds to choose from!

  • Please state the title and author of the book you read, and how many pages the book was.
  • Please summarize the main points.
  • How will this help you in your role as a CASA Volunteer?
  • Does the information that you have read apply to your current case?  If so, how will you use it?
  • Were there any other questions that were raised for you through your reading?
  • Would you recommend that other volunteers read this?  Why or Why not?
Movie Summary Guidelines: One hour of video = one hour of continuing education credit.

Please upload a one page typed answer to Optima by June 30, 2018. Here’s how!

Click here for the list of eligible movies. Everything from documentaries to cartoons!

  • Please state title of the movie you watched, and how long the movie was.
  • Please summarize the main points.
  • How will this help you in your role as a CASA Volunteer?
  • Does the information that you have watched apply to your current case?  If so, how will you use it?
  • Were there any other questions that were raised for you throughout the movie?
  • Would you recommend that other CASA volunteers watch this?  Why or Why not?

 

Podcast Summary Guidelines : One hour of podcast = one hour of continuing education credit.

Please upload a one page typed answer to Optima by June 30, 2018. Here’s how!

Click here for the National CASA Podcast. A podcast for the CASA community by the CASA community!

  • Please state title and presenter of the podcast you listened to, and how long the podcast was.
  • Please summarize the main points.
  • How will this help you in your role as a CASA Volunteer?
  • Does the information that you have watched apply to your current case?  If so, how will you use it?
  • Were there any other questions that were raised for you throughout the podcast?
  • Would you recommend that other CASA volunteers listen to this?  Why or Why not?